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Award-winning Young Knicks Guard could be dealt at close

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Rumors may be suggesting the New York Knicks could be gearing up for a splashy acquisition through trade, but to do so they may have to divest some of their most valuable assets.

Although guys like Evan Fournier and Cam Reddish are often thought of as the most likely players to be released on or around February 9, author Brett Siegel did have third-year warden Immanuel Quickley in a January 23 FanNations Fastbreak article referred to as a player. In particular, the Knickerbockers could get out this season.

“Evan Fournier, Cam Reddish and Derrick Rose will all be in play in trade talks for this team before the deadline and Immanuel Quickley remains this team’s best trade asset, especially given that he has a sixth man-like role for many teams can take in this league.

“Lying Quickley into a deal with a player like Fournier or Rose could immediately buy New York enough cap space to make a big signing, but league sources have told Fastbreak there is a boost in the Knicks’ front office to keep the young guard past the trade deadline,” Siegel wrote.

After struggling to find his rhythm early in the season, Quickley has proved an invaluable member of Tom Thibodeau’s nine-man rotation in his last 17 games, averaging an outstanding 17.6 points, 3, 9 rebounds and 3.4 assists on 47.9% shooting from the ground and 37.0% shooting from deep.

Though he’s been the subject of trade rumors on numerous occasions throughout the year, Siegel noted, the sharp rise in the Knicks guard of late has rejuvenated the front office’s reported willingness to move him, although it has been hinted that should they attempt to a notable player to acquire, its inclusion in a deal could make such a transaction much more likely.

As Siegel has hinted, Quickley isn’t the only Knicks player who could be on the move this season, as he named three of his teammates, one of whom is Derrick Rose, who, according to Coty M. Davis of FanNation’s Inside the Rockets , could prove to be an optimal trading target for the young and inexperienced Houston Rockets.

“Rose is a far cry from the high-flying point guard who once took home the league’s MVP honor in 2011 as a member of the Chicago Bulls. But he remains an influential player due to his mentorship in the twilight years of his career. And given the star potential of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., Rose could be a resource for Houston’s young backcourt.

“Rose has excelled in a similar role with the Knicks in recent seasons. And when his number is called, he’s provided New York with a modest production on the pitch. Thibodeau described Rose as a player who always looked out for his teammates. And after watching Rose grow from being the youngest MVP in league history to a non-rotational player, Thibodeau said the former All-Star point guard has mastered every phase of his career brilliantly,” Davis wrote.

Despite a career-low minutes per game (12.9) and having not set foot on the hardwood since the start of the new year thanks to a bevy of coaching decision DNPs, the former MVP and enduring All-Star has remained an outspoken mentor and Leader for his teammates during what has been an individually challenging season, Davis believes Rose could prove to be a great veteran presence for the young Rockets.

Though some may believe the Knicks should consider bolstering their frontcourt depth this trading season, Hoops Hype’s Michael Scotto reported Jan. 23 that New York has “expressed interest” in pursuing Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen.

“With ongoing trade talks surrounding Reddish, the Knicks have expressed an interest in Bucks starter Grayson Allen, a career 39.5 percent three-pointer, league sources told HoopsHype,” Scotto reported.

Despite his “bad boy” reputation, New York’s interest in Allen makes sense as he’s a hardened defensive player and a trusted ground spacer, averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists at 40.1% since 2020 has scored long-range shots. 21 and has extensive postseason experience, including an NBA championship in 2022.

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